‘Occupy LA’ Hearing For Restraining Order Against LAPD Canceled
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Attorneys for the “Occupy LA” movement failed to file paperwork for a restraining order against the LAPD by an 8:45 a.m. deadline Friday morning.
Lawyers had planned to file for a restraining order that would prevent police from clearing protesters’ encampment without notice.
Officials say the lawn of City Hall is not suitable for a permanent encampment and protesters will eventually have to move.
A clerk for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant said papers had not been presented by the deadline.
“Occupy LA” attorney Carol Sobel said the proponents of the motion were not authorized to represent the group.
On Thursday, 72 people were arrested during massive rallies, which marked the two-month anniversary of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
The protest was supposed to end by 9 a.m., but it was still continuing eight hours later at the Bank of America building in downtown Los Angeles.
Summer Reese, who was arrested during the protests and released from jail Friday morning, told CBS2 she supports a potential restraining order.
“I am in favor of speaking to the police, the mayor’s office, facilitating good conversation about not being violent toward protesters, not doing the kind of middle-of-the-night raids that are putting Iraq war veterans in critical condition,” Reese said. “I think that free speech and freedom of assembly and all of the various constitutional rights we’re exercising here can be accommodated by the civil authorities.”